Kirk Kelly


Kirk Kelly serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Portland State University.  There, he oversees a comprehensive IT department with campus-wide responsibilities covering data systems, networking, classroom AV, event support, the technology helpdesk, academic & research computing, enterprise software, and phone systems.

During 30 years in Higher Education IT, Kirk has worked at institutions performing roles in academic computing, instructional technology, systems and networking, and as CIO at two institutions over the past 12 years.  He is a frequent presenter at Educause events, served as faculty for the 2015 Educause Connect New IT Managers Program, was a member of the IT Issues Panel 2015-2016, and currently serves as faculty for the 2016-2018 Educause Leadership Program. In addition to his Educause activities, Kirk is active in the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium where he currently serves as Chair of the Board.  Kirk also speaks about various technology topics at conferences, participates in professional organizations, and is a member of non-profit boards.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • From Climbing Walls to a Culture of Caring
    • Article

    Creating a culture of caring can result in staff who will be more engaged, more committed, and more productive, who will encourage others, and who will live longer lives.

  • Calculating the Costs of Distributed IT Staff and Applications
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    As most higher education institutions continue to experience rising costs, reductions in funding from nontuition sources, and growing pressure to curtail tuition increases, the need to know and manage the total cost of IT across campus has never been greater.

  • CIOs and Admin IT: Two Perspectives
    • Article

    Whether campus IT is centralized or decentralized, enterprise-level systems must be implemented and managed by the central IT organization.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


EDUCAUSE Primary Representative

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • EDUCAUSE Analytics Services Design Panel
    • Member: 2016 - Present
  • Institute Leadership Program Faculty
    • Member: 2015 - 2018
  • IT Issues Panel
    • Member: 2015 - 2016
  • ECAR Cost Working Group
    • Member: 2014 - 2016
  • Advisory Group on Enterprise Information Systems and Service
    • Member: 2010 - 2013
  • Western Regional Conference 2009 Program Committee
    • Member: 2008 - 2009